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Ray-Pec’s Brad Gaines elected to Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Former Raymore-Peculiar girls basketball coach Brad Gaines (right) receives a plaque after his induction into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame April 21 in Springfield.
Former Raymore-Peculiar girls basketball coach Brad Gaines (right) receives a plaque after his induction into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame April 21 in Springfield. Photo provided

Brad Gaines can add one more honor to his long list of accolades.

Gaines, the former Raymore-Peculiar girls’ basketball coach, was inducted April 21 into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Springfield.

Gaines, who boasts nearly 500 wins as a girls’ basketball coach, now belongs to four halls of fame. He has also been inducted into the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Missouri Football Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

Gaines coached the Panthers for seven season before stepping down after the 2016-17 season. Prior to coming to Ray-Pec, he spent 20 years at Oak Grove, where he compiled a 404-157 record. His teams won seven district titles, 13 conference titles and made two state tournament appearances.

Gaines’ 1992 team finished 31-0 and won the Class 3A state championship. Overall, he owns a 480-237 career record coaching girls’ basketball.

Gaines was also the head football coach at Oak Grove and Orrick, where his 45-year coaching career began in 1973. His 205-91 career record as a football coach includes one state title and two runner-up finishes.

Gaines also coached track at all three schools. He continues to coach track and serve as an assistant football coach at Ray-Pec.

Gaines was inducted along with Julie Matheny, Randy Reed, Darren Taylor, Mike Wilson, Jerry Kirksey, Brad Conway and Earl Austin Jr. Mark Fisher received the Gary Filbert Lifetime Achievement award.

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